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Hauptwache, Frankfurt

Hauptwache, Frankfurt (must see)

The Hauptwache building lies at one end of the Zeil and adds old-world architectural charm to this busy part of Frankfurt. The Haauptwache square on which the building stands is surrounded by high rise modern buildings with the exception of the Hauptwache. The structure lies above the suburban train station and is a major intersection for the S Bahn and U Bahn trains.

The Hauptwache was designed by German master builder, Johann Samhammer. The building has a red sandstone baroque style exterior and a hipped Gothic style triangular roof with three chimneys. The original purpose of the structure when it was built in 1729 was to serve as a prison and military headquarters. At the time Frankfurt was an independent city-state. The Hauptwache played its role in Frankfurt’s history when it was stormed by student activists in a failed attempt at freeing political prisoners in 1733 called the Frankfurter Wachenstrum. The building then served as a police station. In 1904 it became a cafe that serves diners till today. Visitors, commuters and shoppers can enjoy a light refreshing meal at the Hauptwache with its quaint ambiance reminiscent of a momentous past.

Tip:
If the weather permits, sit down and have a glass of beer, glühwein, or Frankfurter apple wine outside the Hauptwache.
If you're even luckier, there will be an apple wine festival when you arrive; then you could mingle with local professionals, wine-lovers and travelers alike.
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Sight Name: Hauptwache
Sight Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Downtown Churches of Frankfurt

Downtown Churches of Frankfurt

Frankfurt is home to a wide range of religious sites and places of worship. Religious or not, everyone is likely to be impressed by the huge cathedrals, small chapels and humble cloisters this city offers. We invite you to take this walking tour of Frankfurt's downtown and visit some of the most formidable churches in town.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Shopping Streets

Shopping Streets

Frankfurt is an amazing shopping destination, it will impress any and all of its guests with its countless exquisite shops, shopping centers and shopping streets, selling just about anything. Take a walk with us today down Frankfurt's most famed shopping streets.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
West Innenstadt Sights

West Innenstadt Sights

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
North - East Leisure Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Museum Embankment Walk

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Frankfurt is a city rich in both history and museums which celebrate it. The embankment to the south of the Main River is actually called Museumsufer or Museum Embankment because of the large concentration of museums. You will find both permanent and temporary exhibitions, but regardless of where you visit, few rarely regret the time spent inside a museum or two in Frankfurt.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles

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